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FORD 7.3L GODZILLA V8 WILL NOW TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL

Ford’s New OHV Can Now Be Found In Blue Bird School Buses

Ford 7.3L V8 Cutaway Godzilla Crate Engine

Ford’s new 7.3L Godzilla V8 is proving to be quite the popular powerplant. Super Duty owners are loving the robust torque curve, Ford itself is offering the engine as a plug and play crate motor, while the aftermarket world is definitely impressed with the 7.3’s ability to handle modifications and make big power.

So it’s no surprise we’re going to see this engine enter the heavy-duty world of hard work. Starting this coming spring, the Blue Bird bus company says it will begin integrating Ford’s new 7.3L V8 into the production of its Vision and Micro school buses.

2022 Blue Bird Vision

The Ford 7.3L V8 equipped Blue Bird Vision buses will be available with a purpose-built fuel system developed by ROUSH CleanTech. When installed in the new Blue Bird busses, the new Ford 7.3 will be capable of burning either propane or gasoline. According to ROUSH, the new option can offer savings of $3,700 per bus annually thanks to improved fuel economy compared to Ford’s old 6.8L V10.

In school bus guise, the Ford 7.3L V8 will make 350 horsepower and 468 lb.-ft of torque, good for best in class figures, which is a far cry from the 1,000+ horsepower we’ve seen the new Ford OHV produce already. Because the new engine is narrower than the 6.8 there’s better access for mechanics, this also includes new rigging of the fuel lines and wiring.

7.3L Ford Godzilla V8 Engine
Ford Godzilla V8. Image via Ford

The ROUSH CleanTech Gen 5 propane autogas fuel system integrates Ford’s new 7.3L V8 engine in Class 3-7 chassis. It’s also certified to California Air Resources Board’s optional low nitrogen oxide emissions standard of 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr).

“The exclusive partnership between Blue Bird, ROUSH CleanTech, and Ford continues to flourish as we launch Ford’s new engine with cutting-edge fuel systems in our Vision and Micro Bird school buses,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.

Written by Michael Accardi

Michael refuses to sit still, he's held multiple hands-on automotive jobs throughout his life. Along with being an investigative writer and accomplished photographer, Michael has wrenched on Fords as a dealership mechanic, worked with air-cooled Porsches in a small shop in Toronto, as well as Nautique ski boats in cottage country. Additionally, he was part of the Ford GT program at Multimatic, oversaw a fleet of Audi TCR racecars, and cared for GT3 Cup cars. Currently he's working with a Duqueine LMP3 in the IMSA WeatherTech paddock.

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    1. This all-new Ford “Godzilla” 7.3 Ford gasoline V-8 is proving it’s versatility, power, reliability, economy, and usefulness in many applications…….Great American design, engineering, and production…..Kudos to all at America’s Ford Motor Company !

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